L.A., how was your Halloween? I went to the 4th annual Halloween party held by one of my writer’s group friends. We had amazing dj music courtesy of the big outdoor Mexican wedding next door. And we had an always enjoyable theatrical bent to many of the costumes. These included:
–Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty”
–The Cure’s Robert Smith as a goth zombie, or “Gombie.” I didn’t realize how much he looks like Edward Scissorhands.
–A pink Crayola crayon
–A Renaissance Vampirella
–A Killer Bee
–The Bride of Frankenstein
–A crazed Laker fan (aren’t they all?)
Surprisingly, we had no “Jersey Shore” cast members, and no politicians. But we had some topical characters, including a Chilean miner and a couple from “Dancing With the Stars,” albeit with a fishnet twist. And, perhaps appropriately, our costume contest winner was a tv character: Tina Fey/Liz Lemon from “30 Rock,” including rectangular glasses, clipboard, and bag of Sabor de Soledad Mexican cheese puffs.
So, how about you? Any standout costumes at your Halloween wardrobe (mal-)functions?
Our lawyers threw us their tickets and we had a nice time. It was the second Lakers game I’d been to. The last time was when Shaq had just left and the team and the fans were a little down in the mouth.
These were pretty good seats, 16th row and had a face value of $230. So it’s just under a grand for a family of four. <gasp!> But I guess theoretically one can get $10 tix, but essentially the lower tiers and the boxes are all in the corporately priced range. The third tier, aka the nosebleeds, is for the common man.
My Ninja partner Douglas did the smart thing and took the subway to the game. I drove and had the privilege of paying $20 for parking.
The crowd was pretty into the game, lots of clapping and cheering. The announcer was still creepy — after the Laker Girls do a dance he intones lecherously “LLLLLLLAKER GIRLSSSSSS”.
Our tickets got us into the Royal Room, which is just a bar with overpriced food and drinks. But they add a velvet rope, so it must be cool inside.
I left with a lot of the fourth quarter remaining. The game was fairly in hand and I didn’t want to wait in traffic.
Overall, even with free tickets, it’s not something I’d do regularly. The food and the parking, even by sporting venue pricing, is a little on the high side.
And it’s a little crazy that flying two people to spring training and catching a game is cheaper than two Lakers tickets.